March 30, 2011
Wednesday of Third Week of Lent

 

 

Opening Prayer

Lord God, You promised a new heaven and a new earth, renew us daily through your Spirit that we may enjoy your presence for ever and lead lives solely for Your glory. Help us to work with you to make this world alive with your Spirit and to build on earth a city of justice, love and peace. Free us from all negligence and sloth and give us joy in your gifts of grace. Deliver us from evil and from slavery to the senses, which blinds us to goodness. Lord, make us loyal to You and faithful to our covenant. Unite us with You as we desire to live a life of holiness that is founded in prayer and good work. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, we pray. Amen.

 

Reading I
Dt4:1, 5-9

Moses spoke to the people and said:
“Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees
which I am teaching you to observe,
that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land
which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decrees
as the LORD, my God, has commanded me,
that you may observe them in the land you are entering to occupy.
Observe them carefully,
for thus will you give evidence
of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,
who will hear of all these statutes and say,
‘This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.’
For what great nation is there
that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us
whenever we call upon him?
Or what great nation has statutes and decrees
that are as just as this whole law
which I am setting before you today?

“However, take care and be earnestly on your guard
not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen,
nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live,
but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.’

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20
R. (12a) Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

Glorify the LORD, O Jerusalem;
praise your God, O Zion.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;
he has blessed your children within you.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

He sends forth his command to the earth;
swiftly runs his word!
He spreads snow like wool;
frost he strews like ashes.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

He has proclaimed his word to Jacob,
his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
He has not done thus for any other nation;
his ordinances he has not made known to them.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

Gospel
Mt 5:17-19

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.  I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

Reflection

From experience, there are two ways to conduct a teaching.  The most common type that is known to me is the classroom-workshop type. In this approach, a resource person who is considered a specialist on a specific subject imparts his knowledge and interacts with the students. He tries to guide and bring everyone into a higher level of learning and experience. This is what most of us go through when we attended grammar school, high school and the university. In our community, this is the approach we take to initially form and up-build our members into the ways and character of Christ.

Another way by which we try to achieve the same result as in a classroom setting is by witnessing, mentoring and discipling. By modeling and reflecting what we have learned and the pertinent changes in our lives, we are able to draw more people to Christ. By freely sharing our lives and interacting with others according to God’s precepts, we are able to bring Christ to others.  Just by simply living out our covenant with the Lord, we are not only able to fulfill God's law in our lives but we are able to encourage others to do the same. We necessarily become teachers and formation stewards of the Lord.

Today, we ought to realize that just as in both word and deed, we can bring Him to others, in like manner, by the words that come out of our mouths and the actions that originate from us, we can also draw people away from Him. We therefore have to examine our hearts and try to see how we have lived out our lives. Did we "walk the talk" is the big question that should be in our hearts.

As we pursued our work for our Lord did we bring others to His fold? Did our actions consider that there is always a Christ in each one of us and that all of us are His children borne into His likeness and goodness? Did we relate with one another in love? Was there ever a time when we stifled the Spirit within the hearts of our neighbors for our own selfish interests? Did we cause our neighbors to sin by the way we related to them in the Name of our Lord?

Remember what Jesus said: "Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven."

Today let us ask ourselves if we have taken the responsibility of bringing Christ to all men. How committed are we in teaching our young about what is right and what is wrong? How firm is our commitment to live out our lives for Christ?

Direction

Courageously live out our covenant with the Lord.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, give me the grace to do your will and practice what I preach. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

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